Flawless by Jan Moran

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    Flawless is a classic romantic story with a modern twist. It has all the elements that make up a romantic tale. A smart, beautiful heroine in Verena Valent. A handsome self-possessed hero who can cook. Isn’t that every woman’s dream? Add a conflict that rocks Verena’s world to the core, and you have a new twist on an old favorite.

    There’s always an ugly side to beauty.- Jan Moran

    Verena Valent is at the helm of her family’s legendary Swiss skincare company, which caters to a glamorous clientele in the heart of Beverly Hills. After her parents are killed in an automobile accident, she becomes the sole provider for her younger twin sisters and her grandmother. Instead of attending college with her friends as planned, she rises to the challenge to guide and expand her family’s business. She is in the midst of a critical international expansion into Asia when her carefully organized life begins to unravel.

    Verena is shaken to discover that her fiancé, Derrick, might be behind a scheme to take over her growing company. While she struggles to save the business that means everything to her, she meets Lance, an executive chef at the Beverly Hills Hotel. She encounters this intriguing man again while on a business trip to Paris, and soon gains a new perspective on love, romance, and relationships.

    When the unthinkable occurs and Verena’s world collapses, her friends rally around her, among them Scarlett Sandoval, a top intellectual property attorney; Dahlia DuBois, a perfumer from an esteemed line of French perfumers; and Fianna Fitzgerald, a fashion designer with her own trendy boutique.

    Ultimately, Verena learns that truth, family, friendship, and love are the unshakable pillars of life. But will she get a second chance in business, or in love?

    Flawless is the first book in this series. Follow a group of smart, stylish, entrepreneurial friends as they navigate the turbulences of modern life in the business of beauty. Set in Beverly Hills with action flung across the globe, this engaging series features gutsy, determined best friends, and how they manage to live the lives of their dreams.

    Flawless is an astute, intelligent, gripping romance for the modern woman. Jan Moran’s writing took me to the edge; she creates a heroine whom you can’t fail to care for and understand. A fabulous first book in the series; I can’t wait to read the next one!” – Hannah Fielding, Author of The Echoes of Love

    About Jan Moran:

    Jan Moran
    Jan Moran

    Jan Moran is a bestselling and award winning author. She writes historical women’s fiction for St. Martin’s Press, contemporary women’s fiction, and nonfiction books. Her stories are smart and stylish, and written with emotional depth.

    Jan often draws on her international travel and business experiences, infusing her books with realistic details. The Midwest Book Review and Kirkus have recommended her books, calling her heroines strong, complex, and resourceful. She blogs for ProjectEve and at JanMoran.com.

    Jan has been featured in numerous prestigious media, including CNN, Women’s Wear Daily, Wall Street Journal, Allure, InStyle, O Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Elle, and Costco Connection. As a serial entrepreneur, Jan is the founder and creator of Scentsa, a touch-screen software program for retailers and brands. The fragrance and skincare programs are at Sephora stores in the US, Canada, and international locations.

    Review by Clare Chu:

    Flawless takes the reader on a journey from Beverly Hills to Paris and inside the boardrooms of the cutthroat world of business financing. Verena Valent is the daughter and granddaughter of a thriving skin care company when the great Recession hit. Deprived of her usual bank loans at the moment she is launching an expansion to Asia, she is lured by her dastardly evil fiance into obtaining a loan from a firm better known as vulture capitalists.

    The worse thing happens and Verena is left reeling. However, out of the embers of despair and defeat, hope springs when Verena’s family pull together and Lance, the sexy, handsome chef, whisks Verena away for a romantic intermezzo.

    Descriptions of fashion, places, scenery, beauty products, perfume, food, and wine are excellent, and the author does a wonderful job of setting the stage for the reader to imagine being in such ritzy places.

    I enjoyed reading Flawless and look forward to Scarlett’s upcoming story where I’m sure there will be danger, intrigue and legal shenanigans along with a sexy man who appears at the right place and time to woo the heroine while her world falls apart.

    Review by Anne Riley:

    When I review books, I look for four things: first, a good story; second, good character development; third good description,; and fourth, good grammar.

    Overall, I gave Flawless a five-start rating. Here’s why:

    Flawless is a classic romantic story with a modern twist. It has all the elements that make up a romantic tale. A smart, beautiful heroine in Verena Valent. A handsome self-possessed hero who can cook. That’s right, Lance Martel is a chef. Isn’t this every woman’s dream? Add a conflict that rocks Verena’s world to the core, and you have a new twist on an old favorite.

    Verena has committed to expanding her flourishing skin care business just as the Great Recession hits. Her fiancé, Derrick Logan, an up and coming partner with Herringbone Capital, a venture capital company, says he can help, but his promises seem to come with strings that make Verena nervous. As the economy worsens, Herringbone tightens the screws. With each turn, the company slips further away from Verena’s control.

    It’s clear Jan Moran knows her stuff. Her knowledge of fashion, and food and the cosmetics industry, shine throughout the story. She describes the business challenges facing Verena accurately. I am an accountant and MBA, and her account of the impact of tight credit on businesses during this era ring true. Though she doesn’t overwhelm the reader with technical jargon, she does communicate well the underhanded business tactics that Verena faces as she seeks to save her company.

    There’s an old saying in the writing game: “Show, Don’t tell.” And it means that the writer should show through the characters’ words and actions what is happening in the story. Ms. Moran shows her characters so well that she doesn’t need to do any ‘telling,’ but now and again, she adds it as emphasis. I think her descriptions stand on their own. Indeed, I could practically taste the strawberry croissant French toast just from her description, and I could feel myself tense as I read how Verena reacted to the challenges she faced. But the additional descriptions did help me to keep the story straight as the plot unfolded.

    Ms. Moran writes with a clear, straightforward style that is a pleasure to read. She has created characters I enjoyed getting to know, and wrote a story that kept me turning the pages. If you enjoy a classic romantic tale with a modern business twist, this is a book you will enjoy.